When you first see a clinical psychologist, they will ask you about the problem that has brought you to see them, and about your past and present life. Once you and the psychologist agree what your difficulties are and why they have happened, your psychologist will discuss with you the type of therapy they think will help you.

You may continue meeting together or your psychologist may suggest you see another psychologist or therapist who specialises in the type of help you need. They may also refer you to groups or other community services that may help you. If, at any stage, you do not understand what your psychologist is saying, you should ask them to explain again. You can expect a clear explanation in language you understand.